Veteran Counsel

Veteran Counsel, authored by an experienced litigator and former paratrooper, is a source of information, opinion, and analysis regarding Social Security disability law, the Social Security Administration, Veterans’ benefits, and issues of concern to U.S. Military Veterans.


SW Louisiana Multiple Sclerosis Foundation Presentation

Thank you to the Southwest Louisiana Multiple Sclerosis Foundation for the invitation and opportunity to be a guest speaker at today's Educational MS Symposium at the River Oaks Event Center in Lafayette, Louisiana.  A copy of my power point presentation regarding "Social Security Disability Benefits" is available for download (26 page document in  PDF format).
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2016 Top Lawyers of Acadiana Recognition

Acadiana Profile Magazine recently published its list of Top Lawyers of Acadiana 2016, and I was honored to be included in the field of Administrative/Regulatory Law for my representation of Acadiana residents before the Social Security Administration (SSA) and the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA).  Acadiana Profile Magazine's 2016 list of Top Lawyers includes 414 listings in 46 categ...
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Announcement of Firm Name Change

Announcement of new firm name: Matthew D. Lane, Jr., LLC (formerly Ziegler & Lane, LLC). See the prior blog post of December 10, 2015, for further information regarding the firm name change.
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Client Survey Response

"Mr. Lane and his staff members are very professional and make you feel worthwhile." - recent response to client survey
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ZIEGLER & LANE, LLC Changes Name to MATTHEW D. LANE, JR., LLC

I am proud to announce a change in the name of my law practice from Ziegler & Lane, LLC to Matthew D. Lane, Jr., LLC. The change was effective with the Louisiana Secretary of State’s office on October 29, 2015, and will be reflected in the firm’s advertising and marketing beginning in January 2016. My mentor and law partner, William “Bill” J. Ziegler, Jr., establishe...
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Admission to CAVC Bar

I received notice on August 31, 2015, of my formal admission to practice before the U.S. Court of Appeals for Veterans Claims (CAVC). Being a member of the CAVC bar will enable me to help Veterans obtain judicial review of erroneous VA decisions. Notably, before the CAVC was created in 1988, veterans had no court of law in which to appeal the Government's decisions on veterans benefits. Veter...
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Federal Court Reverses SSA Disability Decision

Because of a recent successful Federal Court appeal by Louisiana Social Security disability attorney Matthew D. Lane, Jr., an Administrate Law Judge’s (ALJ) unfavorable decision was reversed and remanded. In 2011, client applied for Social Security Disability Insurance Benefits and Supplemental Security Income based on prior cervical spine trauma, osteophytes of the cervical spine, chron...
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Louisiana Federal Court Reverses ALJ Decision

Because of a recent successful Federal Court appeal by Louisiana Social Security disability attorney Matthew D. Lane, Jr., an Administrate Law Judge’s (ALJ) unfavorable decision was reversed. Consequently, the client has the opportunity for a new hearing and retains the original alleged disability onset date.  Retention of the original alleged disability onset date is significant be...
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Infographic - SSA Disability Appeal Process

Download and view PDF version. See the FAQ page for more information: How does the Social Security Disability (SSD) or Supplemental Security Income (SSI) Appeal Process work? Submit a claim evaluation if you need help navigating the Social Security disability appeal process.
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2015 Top Lawyers of Acadiana Recognition

Acadiana Profile Magazine recently published its list of Top Lawyers of Acadiana 2015, and I was honored to be included in the field of Administrative/Regulatory Law for my representation of Acadiana residents before the Social Security Administration (SSA).  Acadiana Profile’ Magazine's 2015 list of Top Lawyers includes 366 listings in 48 catego...
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About the Author

Attorney Matthew D. Lane, Jr., helps residents of South Louisiana whose Social Security disability claims have been improperly denied.

Since 2010, he has litigated over one hundred cases in U.S. District Court against the Commissioner of the Social Security Administration. Matthew is a Veteran of the Persian Gulf War (1990 - 91), where he served with the U.S. Army's 82nd Airborne Division. Learn more  

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